Spanish American language, literature and culture (2018/2019)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/06-LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES I semestre Luca Salvi
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/06-LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES I semestre Luca Salvi

Learning outcomes

The main educational objective of the course within the Bachelor’s Degree in Languages and Cultures for Tourism and International Commerce is the acquisition by the student of an appropriate knowledge of the Spanish-American cultures, with particular attention to the literary, historical and geographic-anthropological dimensions.

The expected learning outcomes are as follows:

- Knowledge and understanding: solid preparation on the culture of geographical areas and periods in program, as well as on historical and anthropological fields;
- “Applied” knowledge and understanding: the student will acquire the methodologies required to understand, in an historical and comparative perspective, complex texts of a certain length and implicit meanings;
- Autonomy of judgment: the student must know how to collect and interpret cultural, historical, geographical and anthropological data useful to orally argue and write relevant texts in the chosen address;
- Communication skills: at the end of the course the student must have acquired the ability to express and argue about the teaching contents both in written and oral form in Spanish;
- Learning skills: students must have developed sufficient self-learning skills to take a conscious approach to the world of work or to the continuation of their studies

Syllabus

FIRST PART – Hitory and fiction: an introduction to Hispanic-American culture and literature (6CFU)

• The plurality of the Hispanic-American culture: “mestizaje”, “transculturación”, “heterogeneidad”
• The Spanish Conquest as the base of the Hispanic-American identity
• The beginnings of the colonial discourse: Cristóbal Colón
• The discursive variety of the “crónicas”: models and methodology
• Writing the Conquest: Hernán Cortés y Bernal Díaz del Castillo

• The dissident chronicles: Bartolomé De las Casas

• The peripherical chronicles: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

• The mestizo chronicles: el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
• XXth century narrative: J. Cortázar, C. Fuentes and M.Á. Asturias
• The novel: El reino de este mundo by A. Carpentier


SECOND PART – Otras miradas hacia el pasado: el museo (3CFU)

• What is a museum?
• Hispanic-American museums: materiality, history and fiction
• Telling the identity: Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Antropología
• Rewriting the history of an object: J. Sologuren, O. Paz and J. Cortázar

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam in Spanish. The student should demonstrate to have acquired the ability to critically read the texts in the program, using the theoretical tools provided during the lessons. 
Students to be examined must have passed the first-year exams of Spanish literature and language.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Néstor García Canclini Culturas híbridas: estrategias para entrar y salir de la modernidad  
L. Salvi Dispensa Prima parte A.A. 2018/2019  
L. Salvi Dispensa Seconda parte A.A. 2018/2019  
Emilia Perassi Emilia Perassi, Itinerari di cultura ispanoamericana. Ritorno alle origini e ritorno delle origini UTET 2011
Rolena Adorno “Textos imborrables: posiciones simultáneas y sucesivas del sujeto colonial” (Edizione 41) Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana 1995